Also in captive service on the Huron Central is this fleet of leased cars owned by Lake Superior Eastern Rail Industries, with LRIX reporting marks. Like Huron Central’s own cars with HCRY reporting marks, these cars in are dedicated captive service between the pulpwood loading spur at the HCRY Sault Ste. Marie yard and the pulp mill at Espanola, Ontario, approximately 60 km west of Sudbury.
The LRIX fleet was acquired in 2008, and consists of three groups of cars.
LRIX 2700-2708. These cars have a 70′ long loading space inside the bulkheads, and were formerly QGRY 2700-2708. (Before that, ?) The stencilled data on the cars indicate they were originally built in 1975.
LRIX 2709 may be a different type of car not pictured. QGRY 2709 was listed as a 60′ inside length car.
LRIX 2710-2719. These cars are just over 60′ long inside the bulkheads, and their lineage is unknown.
LRIX 2720-2729. These 60’10’ inside length cars were originally built by Hawker-Siddeley in 1970 as part of the CP 304800-304879 series. The Walthers pulpwood flatcar is actually a dead ringer for these cars, as it was actually based on this original CP series.
For this next series in Freight Car Friday, we’re going to head over to the Huron Central side of Sault Ste. Marie.
Huron Central has a small 30 car fleet of their own pulpwood cars, all 52′ (nominal) inside length cars with side stakes in several variations, from various former Canadian National and Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific (a CN subsidiary) lineages. These cars are in captive service between the Huron Central yard in Sault Ste. Marie, where they are loaded, and the pulp mill in Espanola, ON, so these would never or rarely leave HCRY rails. However, this captive nature of the fleet makes for an interesting treat for the avid freight car enthusiast when visiting the area, and if one were interested in modelling the Huron Central, these would be an important key to representing the correct equipment and traffic.
Here’s a few of HCRY’s hodge-podge of ex-CN flatcars, shot in two separate visits in summer 2013 and 2014.
HCRY 70002, ex-CN 604651, ex-DWC 606350-606849 or 607900-608999 series?
HCRY 70005, ex-CN 613051
HCRY 70007, ex-DWC 605103
HCRY 70008, ex-DWC 606386
HCRY 70013, ex-DWC 606716
HCRY 70014, ex-DWC 606743
HCRY 70016, ex-DWC 608549
HCRY 70019, ex-DWC 608887
HCRY 70027, ex-CN 604068, ex-CN 608000-608349 series